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romney. both campaigns are playing down expectations. they also say the debates could be a turning point in the election. fox 5's tom fitzgerald has more. >> reporter: at the university of denver final touches are underway for wednesday's first presidential debate. >> what you'll see is governor romney and president obama standing at podiums on the stage. >> reporter: taking a break from those debate preps, though, the president delivered pizzas to his las vegas campaign office and made calls to drum up votes. >> when i tried this down in florida, there was one woman who wouldn't believe it was me. >> reporter: already in colorado meanwhile mitt romney received the endorsement of former denver broncos quarterback john elway. >> i look forward to these debates. i'm delighted we're going to have three debates. it will be a conversation with the american people. >> reporter: ahead of these debates fox 5 talked to top officials from the romney and obama campaigns about their predebate goals. >> governor romney a little bit more comfortable with the format. >> reporter: romney's senior s
job on budgeting and spending. romney beat the president 50- 43%. >> when it gets down to the ballot itself, although he's ahead still on the most important issue in people's minds, he's still behind overall largely because of that likability factor. >> but on which candidate would stand up for the middle class, the poll found the president won 51- 43% over romney, but kennedy says the president still needs to make his case to close the deal. >> i think the thing that obama needs to accomplish is he needs to show people he has a plan for how to grow the economy. >> while the campaigns are downplaying debate expectations -- >> government romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> he needs to give the american people the choice that we're offering. >> what's not debating is the interest. the live audience is invitation only, so that means the tv audience is expected to be in the millions. between the two candidates mitt romney is actually the more battle tested of the two having taken part in some 20 primary debates on his way to the republican nomination. president obama on the ot
christie before the event said mitt romney was going to turn the campaign upside down. in all honesty, i think he did. he revitalized a campaign in some ways his staff was writing off the candidate, and the best data is the impercale data in some of the background states, i heard one today in florida, he's running even and narrowing the lead -- >> he's campaigning in florida now, right? >> he is. he drew a big crowd. >> the biggest of his campaign so >> he haven't drawn crowds anywhere near that. crowds are indicative of your support. >> president obama buoyed by the job numbers that came out, below 8% the first time since he took office. how big is this? >> the democrats feel it's a psychological lift for the campaign, and obama's economic advisors said if you go below 8%, although it's not great, at least the trend is trending downwards, rather than being at 10%. if you believe jack welch, the former ceo of general electric, he said the chicago guys would do anything, accusing them of tampering with the numbers. the obama bipartisans feel this was a bare yes they needed to break, the 8
to talk down the economy to score a few political points. nts. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: >> but across the state in abington, virginia, mitt romney cast doubt on those numbers. >> the truth is if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today as on the day the president was elected, or unemployment rate would be around 11%. that's the real reality of what's happening out there. >> the president's fairfax speechad been aimed at his record on women's issues, a group i says has been helped by his healthcare -- he says has been helped by his healthcare reform law. >> i don't think working mom in arlington should have to wait to get a mammogram because money is tight. don't think a college student in fairfax or charlottesville should have to choose between textbooks or the preventive care she needs. >> the president's supporters say this speech was a return to form for a president who they admit was off his game in the first debate. >> i recognize that. i don't know why that was. all i do know is that's the attitude he
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